Ventilago ecorollata (Rhamnaceae)

Ventilago ecorollata

Saw this vine with relatively small leaves (less than 10cm long) in a little ranforest patch at Tinaroo and my instant impression of it was that of the Antarctic Beech, Nothofagus moorei. But of course, Nothofagus does not occur as a vine. It did not have any specialised structures like tendrils for climbing, but it certainly did not lack for efficiency in doing so by just using their stems to twine around tree boles, and then sending out branches to intercept more light.

The next thought was that the gist of the plant was somewhat like shiny leaved Rhamnaceaes, like Rhamnella vitiense. A check of the leaf scan proved my guess correct, it was Ventilago ecorollata. More on this when I see flowers and fruits.

Ventilago ecorollata

Ventilago ecorollata
Leaf underside closeup. Note the small teeth on the leaf margins and the very dense minor venation which comes out of the midrib at a 90 degree angle.

Ventilago ecorollata
Brown hairy stipules and general pubescence on the stems.

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About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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